Master gardeners spring fair

Green spells more than success in the garden.

The Jackson County Master Gardeners are defining "green" by each of its letters — Grow, Recycle, Educate, Economize, Now — for their 30th annual spring fair, planned for May 2 and 3 in Central Point. More than 100 vendors and exhibitors are expected at the Jackson County Expo Center's Compton Arena.

"There'll be recycling; there'll be rain barrels; there'll be composting, vermiculture," says Maryen Herrett, event chairwoman.

Master Gardeners will answer questions and help with ailing plants at their plant clinic. They're also selling donated gardening books at bargain rates, including $2 off the Master Gardeners Garden Guide, specific to growing vegetables in the Rogue Valley.

The "enormous interest" in green living and sustainability determined this year's fair theme, Herrett says. The popularity of home gardening is growing rapidly, she says, citing the recent addition of vegetables to the White House lawn.

"You can spend $10 on seeds and plants and have vegetables for a whole summer," she says.

Fairgoers can choose from thousands of plants, some propagated and tended by recent graduates of the 13-week Master Gardeners course at Oregon State University's Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, which oversees the program. The fair raises enough money each year to support Master Gardeners, Herrett says.

Admission is $2 per person, free for children under 12. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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